If you’ve been following the news lately, you may have heard of a practice called “quiet quitting.” This refers to a growing phenomenon amongst mainly millennial-aged workers who have become disengaged from their careers and are mentally taking a step back. Rather than actively handing in their resignations, they are actively resolved to perform the bare minimum in regard to their duties and responsibilities. This means that while they do carry out the work that is required of them, they won’t go above and beyond in order to impress their employer and stand out above their coworkers.
Someone who has quietly quit will tend to leave the office promptly at 5 pm, won’t check work emails at home, and will be reluctant to carry out any tasks that fall outside the bounds of their job description. There are many reasons an employee might feel this way. Perhaps they have fallen out of love with their job or are taking a stand against poor management. Maybe they are actively looking after their own well-being by pursuing a more mental health-friendly approach to their careers.
But although an often understandable practice, quiet quitting is not sustainable for long. The average worker spends around a third of their adult life in the office, so you don’t want to spend all that time feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. By learning to love your job, you can remember what set you on this career trajectory in the first place and rekindle your passion for your chosen field. There are steps you can take to find joy and meaning in any job, but you have to want it and work for it.
To help you regain your career satisfaction, here are six surefire ways to love your job.
Talk to your employer
Your employer is the one person who can make meaningful changes to your workplace. If there is a problem that is causing you to lose your love for the work, they can do something about it. Schedule a meeting with your boss to discuss the way you are feeling. It may be that they have no idea what you are going through and your comments will spark some action. Go into their office with a plan for what you want to say, and some suggestions for positive actions they can implement.
Cultivate workplace relationships
Life is all about relationships, so it’s important to connect with people everywhere you go. If you rarely engage in anything more than casual small talk with your coworkers, maybe it’s time to take your interactions to the next level. Start by inviting colleagues to lunch or for a few drinks after work on a Friday. Once you get together outside of the context of work, you can pave the way for a more meaningful social dynamic. You’ll really get to know each other and become firm friends in no time. As a result, you will start to look forward to going into the office and feel happier and more fulfilled at work.
Look after yourself
Your physical and mental health are of the utmost importance, and if there is anything in your job that impacts your well-being, you need to either fix it or find a new career. It’s common for many employers to put too much pressure on their workers, burdening them with excessive workloads, tight deadlines, and expectations to work beyond office hours. This can lead to huge amounts of stress, as well as an increased risk of anxiety, burnout, and depression. Look after your well-being by taking plenty of breaks, managing your time, and shutting off whenever you leave work.
Your physical safety can be a big issue as well, particularly if you work in a manual industry. Make sure you are being provided with full protective personal equipment (PPE) if needed, and speak up if there are hazards that could cause injury. If you have been harmed at work due to neglect or misconduct, it’s a good idea to seek an attorney to handle your personal injury case.
Look for the little moments
If you’re struggling to find happiness at work, you may be looking in the wrong places. Life is all about those small moments of joy that bring a smile to your face when you least expect it. It might be a joke with a colleague by the water cooler, a meeting with a lovely new client, or a quiet walk in the park during your lunch break. Stay present throughout your day, resisting the urge to stay in your phone whenever you get some downtime. Pay attention to the world around you and notice these little moments of pleasure. This habit will make every day much more rewarding.
Achieve a better work/life balance
Your life is about far more than just work. Yes, you need a career to put food on the table and pay the bills, but your job does not define you. That’s why it’s so important to be able to switch off and find that perfect balance between your professional and your personal lives. Working remotely is the best way to achieve this, whether you operate from home full time or adopt a hybrid approach whereby you go into the office a couple of days a week. This will give you much more time in your day as you won’t have to face the rush hour commute or sit through unnecessary meetings. You can get up later as well in addition to enjoying your longer evenings. You’ll also find it easier to fit in a personal commitment like shopping, childcare, and medical appointments. As a result, you’ll be considerably less stressed, happier, and more productive to boot! Ask your boss about going hybrid or remote, presenting with all the benefits. The worst that can happen is they say no.
Find a new job
If all else fails and you can’t find a way to love your job, it’s time to leave. Start searching for new opportunities with different companies and find one that will value you and treat you well. Good luck!